Chipping SparrowApril 2006

Small and feisty, chipping sparrows have a bright red cap, a black eye-level line (with a white line over that), and a clear breast. (The somewhat larger American tree sparrow looks similar but has a black mark on its breast.)

The following chipping sparrow was very obliging. First he showed me an excellent profile.

Chipping sparrow, profile
And then he turned slightly to show his clear breast.
Chipping sparrow, three-quarter view
  What a cooperative bird!

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC 1000 mm reflex lens - from indoors. I kept backing up and backing up until I reached the minimum focusing distance, which is about 24 feet. And note the excellent bokeh with the 1000mm reflex.

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